2019-09-25 - Get Real!

anna bridgeBaby Goat here jumping in for the week!

I've got a long history of being notoriously terrible at training. I write up crazy programs that I am unable to maintain and generally end up giving up, and doing all of my work on race day (OUCH)! I got a crazy idea this fall.. I wrote myself a totally realistic, do-able training schedule that leaves enough time for me to build up my mileage slowly. You know what? I have only missed ONE run in 8 weeks. I always joked that training just wasn't my thing, but the truth is I was overdoing it, which lead to training failure after training failure when I couldn't keep up with my plan. Making a schedule that doesn't jump mileage over 10% week to week, and acknowledging how many available days in a week I actually have has made all the difference. Get REAL about your training. Who knows, maybe it will make the difference for you!

Baby Goat, an admittedly not quite as obsessed runner... who is getting real with her training! Heck, I might even be prepared the next time I toe the line!

PS: We're hiring race timing staff! Required skills include Microsoft excel and the ability to drive a truck and trailer... Knowledge of SQL is also beneficial. Send your resume over to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.!

P.S.: Join us for the Inaugural GO APPLES! 5K and 1 Mile in Charlotte, MI on October 26th. Expect a fun fall day as you pass by rows of apple trees and the pumpkin patch. Soft cotton shirt to all entrants, sweet apple medal, cider and donuts to all finishers! Go Apples! is the last stop of the Michigan Orchard Challenge - NEW for 2019!

2019-09-18 - Runners are not bullet proof

randy flowersRunning may not add years to our life but it does add life to our years. The physical and mental benefits are many, and I feel finding our way into this running life is a gift. All that said, a recent heart attack death of a 54 year old woman after a work-out was a harsh reminder that we need to take the time to do the health screening that looks for any hidden medical issues that might put our active lives at risk. I've always said, stress tests are a pretty cool workout! A chance to take ourselves to the edge of collapse and to gain some confidence in our ticker's well-being.
 
If you haven't, get 'er checked!
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner is proud of all of you, and worry about all of you.

PS: There is a volunteer tab on each RF Event web page that lets you pick your hours and volunteer position. We will all be proud of you and you will be proud of yourself ... Not to mention, you will get a $30 voucher for your next event ... And another dang T-Shirt with special bragging rights!

P.S.: Join us for the Inaugural GO APPLES! 5K and 1 Mile in Charlotte, MI on October 26th. Expect a fun fall day as you pass by rows of apple trees and the pumpkin patch. Soft cotton shirt to all entrants, sweet apple medal, cider and donuts to all finishers! Go Apples! is the last stop of the Michigan Orchard Challenge - NEW for 2019

2019-09-11 - Be sunshine on a cloudy day

randy freepMy good friend John Hebert is perhaps the most generous and caring person I've come across in life. His running career has spanned the decades with over 100 half marathons and thousands of races. John has always been the first to volunteer at events and due to a medical issue that effects his running, he puts all his energy into volunteering, and is fulfilled by supporting others. We can all take a lesson from John the next time a pain has us sidelined and we are missing the run. The downtime is a great time to give back. Volunteering gives the unselfish satisfaction of playing a part in every participants' experience, a feeling that can be powerfully different from what we get from our own lone run across the finish line.  
 
Next time you're down, step up,
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner that owes much to many.
 
PS: There is a volunteer tab on each RF Event web page that lets you pick your hours and volunteer position. We will all be proud of you and you will be proud of yourself ... Not to mention, you will get a $30 voucher for your next event ... And another dang T-Shirt with special bragging rights!

P.S.: Join us for the Inaugural GO APPLES! 5K and 1 Mile in Charlotte, MI on October 26th. Expect a fun fall day as you pass by rows of apple trees and the pumpkin patch. Soft cotton shirt to all entrants, sweet apple medal, cider and donuts to all finishers! Go Apples! is the last stop of the Michigan Orchard Challenge - NEW for 2019!

2019-09-05 - Let's make the run great again!

randy woodstock2We run to give ourselves the personal time we all need. We run to unplug, reboot and erase some of the built up stress of life, getting it back to a manageable level. We run to nurture ourselves. So, how is it that with a long fall race coming up, we find ourselves stressing over aspects of our running? Things like our pace, missing a workout on our schedule for a good reason or no good reason, or disappointment at not running a goal time. Perhaps when we find ourselves stressing over the run it might help to remember the reasons we run. The run is what we do for enjoyment, and when this is not the case, let's try to take ourselves a little less serious, getting our minds back to a time where getting out for a run once a week was a joy, when we were proud of ourselves for running any distance at any pace. The only thing to take seriously about the run is the fun, we can let the rest go. That said, if you plan on making the Olympic trials, ignore what I just said.  
 
Let's make the run great again,
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner who constantly reminds myself, especially an hour in and the sun is not yet up, this is what I do for fun!
 

P.S.: Join us for the Inaugural BONFYRE TRAIL FEST at the DTE Energy Foundation Trail in Chelsea, MI on November 2, 2019! Come out and run or hike 5 or 10.7 Miles, or come for a 19 mile long run! Registration includes a cozy knit patch beanie, and all finishers will receive a campfire mug, S'More Kit and a can of New Holland Brewing's Lake and Trail copper lager!

2019-08-19 - Proud to be a runner

randy freepI was following a vanity plate with RUNRMOM and had to smile, it's a big message in a few small letters. If we had to describe ourselves, where in the description would "runner" show up? Off the cuff I'd say... I'm a husband, father, business owner, runner, wine snob, closet triathlete and old hippie at heart. If I gave it a lot of thought, whatever the order, I would proudly use the term runner. That said, I can't think of a reason not to describe ourselves as runners, an important part of our day that adds to our mental and physical heath, something we'd love to share and role model to the world ... As we will with today's run!
 
Run proud and loud,
 
Randy Step, an admitted obsessed runner, who upon reflection is a husband (still married to my high school sweetheart, running partner and love of my life), father of two kids I could not be more proud of and ... A runner.

P.S.: Join us for the Inaugural BONFYRE TRAIL FEST at the DTE Energy Foundation Trail in Chelsea, MI on November 2, 2019! Come out and run or hike 5 or 10.7 Miles, or come for a 19 mile long run! Registration includes a cozy knit patch beanie, and all finishers will receive a campfire mug, S'More Kit and a can of New Holland Brewing's Lake and Trail copper lager!

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